Factbox: Key facts about David Cameron, new UK prime minister

(BestGrowthStock) – British opposition leader David Cameron, whose Conservatives won the most seats in parliament but no majority in last week’s election, was asked by Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday to form a government after Gordon Brown resigned as prime minister. Here are key facts about Britain’s new prime minister:

— Cameron, 43, is Britain’s youngest prime minister for almost two centuries, a few months younger than Tony Blair was when he stormed to power in 1997.

— Cameron was educated at Britain’s most exclusive private school, Eton, and at Oxford University, where he joined the elitist Bullingdon dining club and gained a first-class degree in politics, philosophy and economics. After university, he worked for the center-right Conservative party and was an adviser to then-Chancellor Norman Lamont in 1992 when sterling crashed out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism.

— Cameron worked as a public relations executive at the Carlton television company for seven years, before being elected to parliament in 2001. The Conservatives chose him as their fifth leader in nine years in December 2005, months after suffering their third successive election defeat at the hands of the Labour Party.

— Cameron’s support for “compassionate Conservatism” and defense of the state-run National Health Service were influenced by the experience of caring for his oldest child Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy. Ivan died in February last year aged six.

— Cameron and his wife Samantha have two other children and are expecting a baby in September. The aristocratic Samantha, who is creative director at the Smythson luxury leather goods firm, has become a favorite with the British press, who nickname her “Sam Cam.”

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Factbox: Key facts about David Cameron, new UK prime minister